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Quick Open Thread — Games like Set

A friend’s kid really likes Set. Assume that this is all the information you have (because … that’s all you have).

Other games you might recommend?


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June 1, 2014 at 7:25 pm

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  1. Try Blink.


    June 1, 2014 at 8:02 pm

  2. Zendo, Coloretto, Jungle Speed.


    June 1, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    • Qwirkle


      June 2, 2014 at 9:28 am

  3. I get a very similar vibe when I play Ricochet Robots – that race of a hunt for the right answer.

    Ben Finkel

    June 1, 2014 at 8:14 pm

  4. Set has two main features: recognizing groups and the speed aspect. For recognizing groups, Quarto might be a good match but is completely missing the speed aspect. Of course, there are many games that match the speed aspect, but replace the recognizing groups with something else entirely. Ricochet Robots might be fit this way. The best match I can think of is “On the Dot”, which has the speed aspect, but with a different form of pattern recognition.

    Chris Okasaki

    June 1, 2014 at 9:57 pm

  5. Set/Scrabble mashups, like Qwirkle or Iota

    Simultaneous-solve puzzlers, like Ricochet Robots, Uluru, or Factory Fun

    Richie Sevrinsky

    June 2, 2014 at 6:15 am

  6. Ubongo and Ricochet Robots are a couple of other timed puzzle-solving games that may scratch the same itch.

    Bill Campbell

    June 2, 2014 at 12:05 pm

  7. Blink is my top recommendation here, but also check out Iota (basically Qwirkle in card format).


    June 2, 2014 at 12:40 pm

  8. Man, I don’t think any of the above are very much like Set except in superficial ways. The only truly Set-like game I can think of Ricochet Robots.

    Andy Stout

    June 2, 2014 at 2:38 pm

  9. One of the very, very first games I bought (in fact, I don’t know if it’s even still available) was the Parker Brothers game “Scan”. You have to match one of four things – a colour pattern, an arrangement of x & o’s, a shape, or the position of dots in a four by four grid (you chose which element you were going to match before the game began) on cards scattered around the table with the top card from another deck – first to pick the matching brown card to the blue deck card gets the blue card. It’s great for large groups and Set reminded me of it.

    Iain Triffitt

    June 3, 2014 at 5:54 pm

  10. I agree Richochet Robots is similar however more of a spatial and being able to recall moves done mentally; others which come to mind is Toppo (the offspring of Set and Blink/Speed) and maybe Buntherum/Checkout which is the inverse of finding where a card doesn’t fit at the end of 6 columns of cards laid out like spokes.

    Nick Stables

    June 4, 2014 at 1:40 am

  11. niks

    June 7, 2014 at 10:40 am

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